Covid Scare: New SOP in place at Bhubaneswar airport

Bhubaneswar: Even as the novel coronavirus crisis seemed to be abating, a new mutated strain of the COVID-19 which has been dubbed as a “super-spreader” has been reported from the United Kingdom.

With confusions arising due to the mutant coronavirus, new Standard operating procedure (SOP) has been issued for Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) today.

Reportedly, the fresh SOP is in place at the Bhubaneswar airport for people returning to Odisha from foreign destinations.

Besides, Covid-19 symptomatic persons ageing above 55 years will undergo mandatory antigen test.

On the other hand, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also set up special kiosks at the terminal to examine the travellers.

Earlier on Tuesday, India released a set of fresh guidelines after the discovery of a new strain of coronavirus in the United Kingdom.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has released a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in view of the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 virus.

The ministry said SOPs are now required to be followed at all entry points into the country and within in the community with regard to air passengers who have travelled from or transited through the UK in the past four weeks starting from November 25 to December 23.